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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Blast from the past, from the man tipped by many to overthrow Theresa May.:
Does the arrogance of Tory cuts know no bounds?
Video has emerged of then-London Mayor Boris Johnson defending his cuts to fire services in London before a fire-safety panel of London Assembly Members.
When challenged to explain how cutting fire stations, firefighter positions, fire safety officers could possibly not put the lives of London residents at risk, Johnson at first tries to defend the indefensible by simply asserting that his recklessness works and improvessafety.
Then, when challenged further, he tells a Labour AM,
Oh get stuffed.
Johnson was warned from all sides. The Tories were warned from all sides. They now have the deaths and terrible injuries of innocent people on their hands.
And it seems they don’t care a toss.
Tower Blocks Report' sat on his desk during his whole tenure.
This is the same Mayor who told a London Cabby to "F@@k off and die, but not in that order"
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Thursday, June 08, 2017
Scouse taxi drivers who were given parking tickets while giving people lifts to the Manchester bomb tribute gig have been told their fines will be donated to a charity set up for the victims’ families and those hurt in the attack.
This week the ECHO reported how taxi drivers from our region headed to the One Love Manchester Tribute concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday - transporting people who had been at the terror-hit Ariana Grande gig last month for free.
The drivers - who also rushed to rescue people on the night of the attack - were shocked as they were given fines while parked near to the ground, waiting to take people home again.
A video of Page Moss driver Robbie Aden protesting against one of the traffic wardens has gone viral on Facebook and now Trafford Council has responded with a goodwill gesture.
The council has said the scouse drivers will still have to pay their fines, but that the money made from them will now go to the We Love Manchester emergency appeal fund, set up for those affected by the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena.
A spokesman for Trafford Council said: “Eleven vehicles were ticketed in the area across the day, of which seven were in the evening.
“Trafford Council has confirmed that these tickets will be upheld, given the vehicles were parked illegally, and for reasons previously set out incorporating the need for controlled movement of traffic, security and availability of residential parking.
“The Council is aware of the extenuating circumstances that applied to events on Sunday evening and therefore if the Liverpool taxi drivers make themselves known when paying the fine by providing their badge numbers, the money from their fine will be donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Appeal Fund.”
The spokesman added that it had communicated to everyone heading to the concert that they should not have travelled by car because of the lack of local parking.
He said: “Most people arrived by public transport, but unfortunately a number of drivers ignored the travel advice and some, who left their vehicles unattended, received parking penalty notices for parking illegally.”
But gig-goer and witness Adam Winrow contacted the ECHO to say he was still appalled that parking tickets were being given out at all considering the theme of the concert.
He said: “My sister was at the original event and I was waiting for her to come out of the concert when I saw them giving out tickets - I couldn’t believe it.
“One woman who actually lost someone in the attack came back to her car to find it had a ticket and was crying her eyes out - it was very disrespectful.”
While reliable, comfortable and smooth as ever, high-mileage drivers are finding degredation of the battery packs to be an issue.
Where a 60 mile range was once common in regular use, some are finding that cut to as low as 30 miles and to save energy as much as possible, some drivers are shunning the car's heater in favor of chemical pocket warmers, and even blankets.
Degredation of the battery pack has also had an effect on the battery's ability to take a quick charge. A 15-minute charge has turned into a 40-minute one for many drivers. They can't travel as far, and they can't spend as much time on the road. Drivers say it's ruining business, for some. Customers requesting longer trips are even being turned down.